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Obit for the O Team

 

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excited to see a half-dozen young men and women on the diamond there--until I realized they were playing kickball. To a softball player, that's like using the DIA to display crayon art.

At Mitchell, no softball is being played this summer at all. U-M is building a storage and restroom facility there, along with a new artificial turf field for flag football and soccer and ultimate and rugby and who knows what else they play these days.

I wonder where they put all the blood Jeff Holden left on the infields. Jeff, the O Team's star shortstop, is a prodigious hitter and reckless base runner who ranges all over the field on defense. He doesn't consider it a real evening of softball unless his legs are bleeding after the game due to diving for grounders or sliding into bases.

Jeff's fifty-four now and still plays on his men's slow-pitch team, but this year he couldn't find more than one woman willing to commit to playing along with the remaining geriatric men on the O Team. His characteristically succinct explanation: "No one under forty plays ball anymore."

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